Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40.
The things you have described . . . the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. . . . A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of Satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working. . . . Those participating in the supposed revival receive impressions which lead them adrift. They cannot tell what they formerly knew regarding Bible principles.
No encouragement should be given to this kind of worship. The same kind of influence came in after the passing of the time in 1844. The same kind of representations were made. Men became excited, and were worked by a power thought to be the power of God. . . .
Men and women, supposed to be guided by the Holy Spirit, held meetings in a state of nudity. They talked about holy flesh. They said they were beyond the power of temptation, and they sang, and shouted, and made all manner of noisy demonstrations. . . . Satan was moulding the work, and sensuality was the result. The cause of God was dishonored. Truth, sacred truth, was leveled in the dust by human agencies. . . .
I bore my testimony, declaring that these fanatical movements, this din and noise, were inspired by the spirit of Satan, who was working miracles to deceive if possible the very elect.
We need to be on our guard, to maintain a close connection with Christ, that we be not deceived by Satan’s devices. The Lord desires to have in His service order and discipline, not excitement and confusion.
Maranatha p. 234
—–Please put me on your prayer list. Friday 5-8-’15 I go in for am MRI to see what’s going in my lower back. I’m having pain in lower back and the pain is going into right hip joint and down my thigh into my right knee. Doug
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I used to park my car on a street near where I worked and walked across a parking lot to work. There was a certain black sports car that used to be parked in that lot. That car had an extra-sensitive car alarm. Whenever anyone would get within a few feet of it, the alarm beeped loudly at them. I miss watching strangers go near that car, because when it beeped, they would always jump and look around wildly. Those of us who always cut across that parking lot paid no attention to its warning sounds. We were used to its warning noise and it had no affect upon us.
Scripture tells us of a class of people who are like those of us who were used to that car’s alarm. Day after day they hear a warning, pleading Voice bidding them to accept God’s Marvelous Provision, yet they turn from their Only Hope and go on their way. In second Chronicles 36:14-16 it speaks of this how hardened we can become to that Voice, “Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” Think of it! They had turned away one too many times and finally there was no remedy, no hope. Frightening position!
We, too, can shut our mind and heart until we get to the condition where we can no longer hear His voice. Day by day, moment by moment, the Holy Spirit pleads with us. Over and over, we are given the choice as to what we will do with that Pleading Voice. If we listen to Him, all will be well; but, if we turn away, we are in danger of one day exclaiming, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer 8:20
Solomon observes, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Prov 28:9 Jesus warned, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” Matthew 12:31,32 Even more than I miss hearing that car alarm, those who have grieved away the Holy Spirit will miss hearing His Precious Voice. Fearful condition indeed!
King Saul was an example of grieving away the Holy Spirit. Over and over, he refused to listen to God’s Word through the prophet Samuel. Over and over, he did his own will instead of the will of God. As time passed, God’s Spirit left Him and Saul became more and more unbalanced. When Saul got in real trouble, he “inquired of the LORD, [but] the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.” I Sam 28:6 Paul also reminds us of the example of the Children of Israel, “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Heb 3:8-4:2
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor 6:2 Today, our Loving Saviour is still pleading with us, “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa 1:16-18 “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die? Eze 33:11 Now is the time to accept His great offer of salvation. Now is the time to listen to His pleading voice.
May we “give diligence to make [our] calling and election sure.” 2 Peter 1:10 May our ear always be attune to His Dear Voice. May we unite our heart with His great heart of love, now, while the door of salvation is still standing open.